In what might have been her final race, Successful Song was the dominating winner of the $300,000 Florida Sunshine Millions Distaff Stakes on Saturday at Gulfstream Park.
Successful Song, a 6-year-old, took the lead entering the final turn and went on to beat Speak Easy Gal by 3 1/2 lengths in the 1 1/8 mile turf stakes for Florida bred fillies and mares 4 years old and up.
Owner Live Oak Plantation in Ocala went into the race with a plan for it to be the last for Successful Song before retiring her to be a broodmare, said her trainer Eddie Plesa Jr.
“I’ll tell them that she’s looking as good as ever,” Plesa said, adding that Live Oak Plantation officials will decide whether to bring her back to racing.
Successful Song, the 6-5 favorite, was ridden by Joel Rosario and won in 1:52.28 on a track listed as sloppy following Saturday morning’s rain.
The win was Successful Song’s eighth in 27 career starts, including five stakes victories.
On its Florida Sunshine Millions Day, Gulfstream had four other stakes races — all with $150,000 purses for Florida-breds.
• Off the Jak, at 13-1, won the Sprint by three quarters of a length over Bahamian Squall. He ran six furlongs in 1:10.27 under jockey Jose Alvarez.
• Teaks North, at 8-1, led the entire route and beat 1-2 favorite Doubles Partner by 2 1/2 lengths in the Turf Stakes for males at 1 1/8 miles.
• Regalo Mia won the Filly and Mares Turf, at 1 1/8 miles, by three-quarters of a length over Hooh Why.
• Golden Mystery coasted to a 5 1/4 length win over Emma’s Encore in the Filly and Mares Sprint at six furlongs.
Gulfstream’s feature race on Sunday will be the $100,000 Kitten’s Joy Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on turf for 3-year-olds.
Charming Kitten is the 2-1 morning line favorite. He is a son of Kitten’s Joy, the 2005 winner of the Eclipse Award as champion Turf Horse.
In a schedule change this week, Gulfstream will have racing on Monday but not on Wednesday.
On Monday, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, it will have 10 races with a post time of 12:45 p.m.
Pick 6 Carryover
On Sunday, Gulfstream will have a carryover of $404,816 on the Pick 6 bet on the last six races.
The bet is 10-cents only, with multiple horses permitted in each race. For example, a ticket with two horses in each race has 64 combinations and costs $6.40
Gulfstream pays out the entire Pick 6 pool including the carryover only on days when there is just one winning ticket.